Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (July 22, 2013)


“To become unified and concentrated upon itself, the being must break many sensible attachments.  To make itself one with others and give itself to them, it must encroach upon those intimate personal intellectual and emotional reserves that it most jealously guards.  To enter into a higher life, by centering itself upon another self, it must destroy its own preliminary unity.  This can mean only one thing, that at all levels of the formation of being, creative synthesis involves detachments — every aggregation being accompanied by a segregation.  The moral effect is necessarily accompanied by suffering and sacrifice.  That is why, in every moral condition, perfection is inseparable from suffering, and the highest life is attained through a dying.  Death (which means disintegration) accompanies every change for better or worse.  However, while in the case of some (which it leaves permanently disintegrated and diminished) the death is ad mortem, in the case of others (those it reintegrates as it disintegrates them) it is a transition . . . that leads to a new life.” — L’Union creatrice (December 1917) quoted in Cardinal Henri de Lubac “The Religion of Teilhard de Chardin” p. 53

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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5 Responses to Teilhard de Chardin Quote of the Week (July 22, 2013)

  1. A very very good post my friend.

  2. Lynda says:

    This is an amazing quote. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Dan Driscoll says:

    Some of my friends feel that the Holy Office ‘monitum’ directed upon writings of Teilhard in 1962 can now be forgotten as ‘ancient history’ I say NO; both Jesuits & Church should make highly publicized retraction of that warning—not an ‘apology’, but RETRACTION. Half,at least of our current dilemma as regards Xtian belief & practise stems from that Monumental Blunder from Vatican in 1962!

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